We’re not entitled to know our partner’s feelings
Kris Gage
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Certainly, nobody is entitled to know our thoughts and feelings, including our significant others, in the same sense that our significant others aren’t entitled to our bodies and physical affection or entitled to thoughtful gestures and acts of service. Nevertheless, communicating, being vulnerable, showing affection, performing thoughtful gestures — these are all important ingredients to a successful relationship, and without them, especially over an extended period of time, relationships will disintegrate, and partners will leave. Every successful relationship requires a willingness to sacrifice our personal desires and be uncomfortable at times. Perhaps that discomfort will involve opening up and being vulnerable when we’d rather close off, perhaps it will involve accepting a certain amount of anxiety and uncertainty when a partner isn’t ready to talk yet.

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